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San Marzano Tomato Sauce

This rich delicious easy thick tomato sauce is perfectly ready in minutes! 
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Tomato Sauce
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes


  • 2 tbs butter optional – 2 tbs vegetable oil if keeping vegan
  • ½ onion chopped small
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce it is the bigger sized can of sauce
  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 15 oz San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 1 heavy pinch of dried chipotle peppper
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbs heavy cream optional – 3 tbs almond milk if keeping vegan


  • In a sauce pot, over medium heat,  melt the butter.  Add the onion and cook until soft – 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic. Cook for 2 minutes more.
  • Add the tomato sauce, paste and san marzano tomatoes.  Use a potato masher and smash the san marzano tomatoes to release the juices.
  • Add the chipotle pepper, sugar, salt and pepper. 
  • Heat over medium heat until the sauce comes to a simmer. Allow to simmer as long as you desire.  See notes. 
  • 5 minutes before serving, add the cream, taste and add more salt and pepper as desired.



  • If you don't have fresh onions it is OK to substitute 1 Tbs onion powder OR 1/2 cup of frozen chopped onion.
  • Substitution of 1 Tbs of garlic powder OR 1 Tbs of jarred chopped garlic is OK to substitute for the fresh garlic. 
  • When smashing the tomatoes with the potato smasher, just gently smash and that will leave the tomato sauce slightly chunky.  
  • As the sauce cooks, the chunks of tomato will disintegrate. 
  • If you simmer the sauce for too long and it becomes too thick, simply add some water and stir. 
  • This sauce is perfect with my meatballs! 
  • If you prefer sauce with some ground meat, simply brown some hamburger or sausage or a mixture of the two and pour the contents into this sauce. 
  • This sauce can be multiplied for as large a crowd as  you want to cook for. 
  • Use the leftovers to make a meatball sandwich! 


Calories: 200kcal